So far, more than 70 students and alumni have gotten a start on their professional wardrobes with help from Western’s Career Closet, which makes sure students and alums have access to the business wear they need for job interviews, internships or other professional events.
Blazers, button-up shirts, pencil skirts, slacks, ties and accessories from the Career Closet have also taken students to career fairs, grad school interviews, academic conferences, intercollegiate competitions, first days on the job and interview lunches.
Anyone affiliated with the Western community can schedule an appointment to select attire, which is theirs to keep at no cost, to begin building their professional wardrobes, says Britta Eschete, ’98, B.A., anthropology, who helps manage the closet.
Donations of clothing and funds help build the Career Closet’s inventory and maintain it as a campus resource. All clothing donations should be clean, business-professional or business-casual attire appropriate for interviews or networking events. All such items are welcome, but they’re in particular need of dresses, coats and shoes, Eschete says. Donors are also welcome to request a tax receipt.
To learn more about the Career Closet, either to borrow or to donate, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit wwu.edu/careers/careercloset.shtml